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FOX NEWS FINDS ITS MOLE — SENDS HIM PACKING

April 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, that didn’t take long. After just two days of moonlighting as the Fox “mole,” providing inside trivia about the operations of Fox News Network, Joe Muto, an eight-year veteran of the conservative-leaning channel and an associate producer on The O’Reilly Factor was unmasked by colleagues, fired, and escorted out of the building. Two hours later, Muto said in an online message: “They nailed me. In the end, it was the digital trail that gave me away. They knew that someone, using my computer login, had accessed the sources for two videos that ended up on Gawker over the past few weeks. They couldn’t prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect.” Clearly, however, this does not end Muto’s new career as a whistleblower. But not a few critics are wondering whether Muto really has much to blow his whistle about. Writing in the New York Times, media columnist David Carr commented: “Of course, I and many other media reporters hope that Mr. Muto will be in full cry for some time to come. But while it was thrilling for a day or so, there wasn’t a lot of dark underbelly in what he revealed on Gawker.”